Gatwick Airport reports record 2018 with 46.1m passengers
Gatwick Airport has reported that 2018 was a record-breaking year, with 46.1 million passengers travelling through its doors.
Long-haul growth was a driving factor in Gatwick’s incredible 2018, seeing an increase of 16.1% across the year.
Last month alone saw an increase of 6.1% in the popularity of Gatwick’s long-haul services, compared to December 2017.
December also saw Gatwick launch a new long-haul connection to Shanghai, with airline China Eastern.
USA and Canada routes continued to be popular during December 2018, with a 10.9% increase overall.
Las Vegas saw particular growth, with a 50.3% rise year on year.
This year, new long-haul routes to Miami, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco will be launched by low cost long-haul airline Norwegian.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said: “Our latest traffic figures highlight that 2018 was a record year for growth at Gatwick, with our annual passenger total reaching 46.1 million, and more passengers travelling to our extensive range of long-haul destinations than ever before.
“As we begin the New Year, we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2019 in which we further increase our route network, with new long-haul flights to Rio and further frequencies to San Francisco launching in March.
“The consultation on our draft master plan closed last week and our efforts are now focused on delivering the final version of the plan, which will outline Gatwick’s exciting vision for essential long-term growth, later in the year.”